Wondering if divorce mediation is right for you? We’ve put together a list of pros and cons of divorce mediation so you can decide for yourself.
Divorce Mediation Pros
1. Costs Less
Divorce mediation almost always costs less than conventional divorce litigation.
2. Split Pay
Divorce mediation allows both parties to pay for the mediation professional which makes it even cheaper.
3. Divorce Peacefully
Allows parties to work amicably together to find a common resolution vs parties going after each other in court, the mediator has seen many cases like yours and helps work through the disputes.
4. Divorce Without Court Appearance
With divorce mediation, you will never have to step foot in a courtroom, ever.
5. Private Divorce
Divorce Mediation is private, unlike litigated divorce which is public.
6. Keeps you in control
Don’t let the court make decisions for you. With divorce mediation, you can take your future into your own hands and make decisions that fit your individual situation better. Who is better at shaping your future, you and your spouse or a stranger in a black robe.
7. Is easier on your child(ren)
Divorce mediation is much easier for your children since you aren’t fighting each other in court and you’re preserving resources for the children’s future.
8. Better Long-Term Relationships
You have a better chance of a long-term co-parenting relationship with your ex-spouse since you aren’t fighting each other in court.
However, divorce mediation does have a few cons as well, including:
Divorce Mediation Cons
1. Negotiations Can Fail
If you and your spouse can’t come to a formal signed agreement at the conclusion of mediation, you have to start all over again which wastes time and money.
2. Assets Could Be Hidden
If assets are being hidden from you, you or your mediator may never find out. In contrast, during a litigated case, a divorce attorney can perform an independent investigation and use the discovery process to find out if your spouse is hiding cash or assets.
3. Doesn’t Work for Aggressive Spouses
Divorce mediation may not work if you are trying to mediate a divorce with an aggressive spouse as mediation requires actual compromise from both spouses.
5. Mediators Can’t Give Legal Advice
Divorce mediators cannot give legal advice, rather, they help you come to an agreement that is reasonable for both parties based on their experience.
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